euphbass (euphbass) wrote,

The Kyle Eastwood Quintet + The James Taylor Quartet

On Friday night I went to see The Kyle Eastwood Quintet at The Tron Theatre, on the basis that's he's a bass player and there would be electric basses used *g*. Indeed, he had two five string electrics, and an upright bass. His group consisted of Andrew McCormack on piano and keyboard, Graeme Flowers on trumpet, Graeme Blevins on tenor sax and Martyn Kaine on drums. Most of the pieces were quite smooth funk-groove oriented jazz, which had a good feel to it, although the horn solos were quite challenging to listen to at times. The one piece that stood out to me after the gig was the theme from Letters From Iwo Jima, which he composed the soundtrack for. It was a very melodic, beautiful bass and piano duet.

Interestingly, this gig was almost sold out, and the average age of the audience was probably fifty-something. I've been to similar style gigs in Glasgow, and other gigs which were much more technically accomplished, or melodically interesting, and the audiences are often not as large, and generally a different demographic. One suspects some of the audience may be there on the strength of his name... But if they enjoy it even so, they would surely enjoy a lot of other stuff that's out there if they only knew about it and took a chance.

In retrospect, I wish I had actually gone to see Cosker, Cottle, Hamilton, Hitchcock and Quigley, in a one off gig. From what I heard the following day, the electric bass player, Laurence Cottle, was amazing. I'll have to try and see him another time.

Anyway, the later gig of the day was The James Taylor Quartet at The Old Fruitmarket. We had seen them before there only a couple of years ago, and it had been a bit underwhelming - it was only the quartet then, and it all got a bit samey. But this time they had a vocalist and a very good flute player (who played alto flute at one point too -you don't see that very often). So this broke the gig up a bit and added interest. It was very good, and plenty of people were up the front dancing. I'm surprised James Taylor doesn't break his Hammond Organ, he plays it so violently. Perhaps he does. Maybe he goes through quite a few!

That reminds me, their support act, The DT6, were introduced by Stephen Duffy most outrageously. The Hammond organ was at the back of the stage, so he came up with something along the lines of:

"This band is horny and likes the organ up the back. Do you like the organ up the back?"

That's quite ridiculous!

Anyway, apparently the DT stands for Duntocher, an area adjacent to Clydebank to the west of Glasgow. The six stands for, well... I don't know, there were eight of them. They were quite funky. Also, they sound quite produced, perhaps because they've been put together by DJ Mark Robb. It sounded quite dance-floor oriented.

So, back to James Taylor. I meant to mention that they played the Starsky & Hutch theme, which I think is a trademark tune for them. I love it! Love playing it too. Coincidentally, I just got into the TV series properly this week past, having never actually watched it before, so I enjoyed it even more! Very funky.
Tags: dt6, glasgow, glasgow jazz festival, james taylor quatet, old fruitmarket, reviews 2009
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